Dancing On Ice’s Kye Whyte followed in his older siblings’ footsteps as a BMX racer, winning a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics BMX competitions
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Dancing On Ice’s Kye Whyte may be an Olympic gold medalist, but he’s not the only superstar in his family.
The 22-year-old was just three when he started riding at Brixton BMX Club and followed in the footsteps of his brothers Daniel and Tre, who were both members of Team GB.
Together they joined Peckham BMX Club under the supervision of father Nigel who was a trainer and founder there and mother Tracey who was a secretary.
In a conversation with him, Kye shared what it was like to ride with his brother Tre forbeswhere he said: “I started BMXing when I was 3 and started racing when I was 4 or 5, Tre was 10 or 11.
“As soon as we found out we could make money from it, we started training hard. I used to say to my school friends, ‘I’ll go to Manchester and make it my full-time job.’ I knew that was what I wanted when I was 13.”
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The pair were great at what many still see as a small event, but they had to make big sacrifices to get to the top.
“Not going out much with friends, moving away from them and my family to Manchester, never going on summer vacation…” were just a few examples of what Tre had to endure.
Tre first joined Team GB at the age of 12 and while considered a very talented rider, he placed 11th overall in the time trial Superfinal and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Supercross Finals the next day.
After failing to make the team the first time, he worked harder and took bronze at the same event in 2014.
He then competed in the time trial at the 2015 UCI BMX World Championships but despite being British National Champion was not selected for the 2016 World Championships and was unable to fund his participation himself due to rule changes.
“I’ve had good success over the years,” Tre noted. “I’d like to be more consistent but not many riders can say they’ve won a medal or been on the podium.
“Or eight years in Team GB. When I joined there were six others, and I’m one of only two who are still there eight years later. And I’m also not sure how many brothers made it to the World Cup finals. “
In 2017, Tre was called up to the Great Britain Cycling Team’s BMX Senior Squad. However, he never realized his dream of competing in the Olympic Games.
The lack of racing opportunities during the pandemic has left him unable to compete for the ranking points required for a spot on the Olympic team and, according to Kye, he has been unfairly overlooked.
“I fought for her, for my father, for my mother, for everyone,” Kye said. “I just tried my best for Tre. He didn’t get a chance to go to the Olympics because of other people.
“He showed me how to ride a bike. He taught me how to be a better man and nothing but love for my brother man.”
Tre retired from competition in 2020 and is now pursuing a new career in scooter racing in Italy.
At the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Kye clinched the nation’s first Olympic medal in BMX racing with silver in the men’s final, finishing just 0.114s behind Dutchman Niek Kimmann – and nobody was prouder than Tre.
He was visibly overcome with emotion in a video captured just moments after the results were announced.
Of his brother and Bethany Shrievers’ win, he said, “Kye just took it to the next level, two, three levels.
“He and Beth together are transforming BMX in British cycling. They’re just on the map.”
Kye also has two sisters, one who competes in gymnastics and another who also does BMX.
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